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On Wednesday, serviced apartments provider BridgeStreet Global
Hospitality announced it had entered into an exclusive partnership
with Airbnb. It’s the first time a deal has been struck between the
sharing-economy housing provider and a serviced apartments company—or any
global lodging brand, for that matter. The companies are in test mode, adding a
portion of BridgeStreet’s portfolio of 50,000 units to the Airbnb for Business
platform, but they expect to go live for bookings in “30 to 40 days,”
BridgeStreet CEO Sean Worker told BTN
lodging editor Julie Sickel.
BTN named its annual list
of Best Practitioners in July. Along with our Travel Manager of the Year, these
four individuals elevated the practice of travel management. Their best
practices and innovation initiatives have changed the course of travel
management for their organizations and portend travel management trends for
others. BTN sat with Travel Manager of the Year, Eric Bailey, who is
Microsoft global travel and venue group lead, as well as Cisco Systems director
of global travel Susan Lichtenstein, Fore founder and Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation senior manager of global travel Pam Massey, BP global travel
services procurement manager Lisa Stanford and T-Mobile travel, expense and
card senior manager Robert Jacobsen.
The mobile migration is complete. Only two of
the 300 travelers queried in...